Digital Eye Strain

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Rest Your Tired Eyes

Have your eyes ever felt uncomfortable after staring at a screen for hours? You might be suffering from digital eye strain (DES).

DES can cause additional challenges for people with vision problems when using digital devices, but it can also affect those with otherwise normal vision. Optique Del Mar can show you how to prevent DES and use your devices comfortably again.

Common Digital Eye Strain Symptoms

DES may cause the following symptoms with prolonged screen time:

  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Neck and shoulder pain

Causes of Digital Eye Strain

Your eyes use tiny muscles to focus, and staring at nearby objects for long periods makes those muscles work harder. When these muscles get tired, they can become sore and stiff (just like any other muscle in your body).

Many digital displays produce blue light, which is also produced by the sun. The blue light from computer monitors has never been conclusively linked to an increased risk of eye disease. However, it may affect your circadian rhythms, preventing you from sound sleep if you use screens before bedtime.

Reducing Digital Eye Strain

We recommend the following tools and strategies for people experiencing DES:

  • Use the 20-20-20 rule to minimize fatigue during screen time. Focus on an object approximately 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes. Doing so gives your eye muscles a chance to relax and helps prevent them from getting tired.
  • Certain types of eyewear can filter out blue light and may help you sleep more deeply if you use digital devices before bed. Ask one of our opticians about computer vision glasses.

You don’t have to live with DES just because you use screens regularly. If your screen time is making you uncomfortable, contact us and find options for meaningful relief.

Our Location in San Diego

Our practice is located in Carmel Country Plaza in Del Mar, diagonally across from the fire station. Please keep in mind we are closed every day from 1 – 2PM for lunch.

Our Address

  • 5965 Village Way, Suite 205
  • San Diego, CA 92130

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